How Can You Help A Friend As They Go Through The Stages Of Grief?

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

No one wants to sit on the sidelines while their friend is struggling with grief. They want to offer support, comfort, practical assistance, and more. At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we have seen friends stand by grieving individuals, offering unconditional support without any hesitation. Here are some tips that can help you do the same:

1. Offer Compassionate Support

People have different ways of coping with grief. What works for you may not work for your friend, which is why it is crucial to offer compassionate support without any expectations. Don't force your friend to talk if they are unwilling. Don't stay with them when they want to be alone. Your first instinct may be to rebel against such a piece of advice, but grieving individuals do need some space.

2. Listen

Sometimes all your friends will need is an unbiased party willing to listen. Most grieving individuals don't want to burden their family with more pain. They offer a compassionate ear to their relatives without finding any release for themselves. Friends can be a great outlet, especially for people who have taken up a caretaker role.

3. Distract Your Friend

Grieving individuals need some distraction from their pain. Take your friend for a movie, invite them for lunch, or go on long drives together. Distraction can help balance an individual and ensure they aren't drowning in the loss. Remind your friend that there are still good things in life waiting for them after they heal.

4. Don’t Make Empty Promises

It is easy to promise 24/7 support, but it isn’t always possible. Don’t make promises you can’t keep because it may make your friend feel like a burden.

At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we provide comprehensive funeral services and can help you with all aspects of the process, so if you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

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